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October 17, 2014

 

110 years ago this month, the man who would lead the fight to bring public Medicare to all Canadians was born. Tommy Douglas, Canadian’s greatest Canadian, had a fundamental belief that health care should be provided equitably to people based on need and not ability to pay.  Unfortunately, today we have a premier of Saskatchewan – Brad Wall – who is considering introducing a two-tier and pay-per-use MRI service - i.e. one system for those who can pay and one for the rest of us.

October 17, 2014
Gwyn Frayne and Maude Barlow
Photo: Gwyn and Maude Barlow, May 2014.

The Council of Canadians is mourning the passing of Comox Valley chapter activist Gwyn Frayne.

October 17, 2014

Last Saturday, over 300 events were organized in 34 countries for the Global Frackdown, an international day of action initiated by our US allies at Food and Water Watch to ban fracking.

October 17, 2014

The Indian Oil Corporation is investing billions of dollars in the development of controversial liquefied natural gas projects in British Columbia.

The Economic Times reports, "Indian Oil Corporation will invest $4 billion in the British Columbia province, Canada, to source liquefied natural gas from the region. ...[B.C. premier Christy Clark] said the state-run firm will invest USD 4 billion for securing LNG supplies from the Canadian province."

October 17, 2014

Concerns are being expressed about two proposed mines - and perhaps many others - that would be developed in northern Minnesota and cause harm to Lake Superior and the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. The mines would extract copper, nickel and other metals from sulfide ore.

Boundary Waters is located on the Canada-U.S. border. Along with Voyageurs National Park to the west and the Canadian Quetico and La Verendrye Provincial Parks to the north, they make up a large area of contiguous wilderness lakes and forests called Quetico-Superior country. Lake Superior is situated to the east of Boundary Waters.

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